Parental Influences on Adolescent Self-Esteem
Parental influence, Adolescent Self-Esteem, social learning, interactions
Two contemporary theoretical explanations of adolescent self-esteem, symbolic interaction and social learning, were investigated and compared. Special attention focused on the relative effect of selected variables, representing each explanation, on four dimensions of self-esteem. A stratified random sample of 184 families with adolescents provided self-report data. Multiple regression and bivariate analysis resulted in evidence for the general conclusion that: (1) adolescent self-esteem was more a function of the reflected appraisal of the parents than it was of adolescence modeling their parents' self-esteem; and (2) female adolescents were more likely to be influenced by their parents then were male adolescents. In addition, the study suggests that when researchers investigate adolescent self-esteem, it is essential that they take into account it's various dimensions, as well as the sex of the parent and the adolescent.
Original Publication Citation
"Parental Influences on Adolescent Self-Esteem," Journal of Early Adolescence 4 (3):259-274 (with K. Openshaw and B. Rollins).
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Openshaw, D. Kim; Thomas, Darwin L.; and Rollins, Boyd C., "Parental Influences on Adolescent Self-Esteem" (1984). Faculty Publications. 5718.
Journal of Early Adolescence
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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